Recently we undertook three surveys with young people, parents, carers and practitioners to find out exactly what is needed in the area and how we might be able to help.
We had over 900 responses to the surveys; 850 young people, 85 parents and carers and 42 practitioners. This response has given us a wide ranging insight into the needs of the area and the main issues affecting it.
The main issue is stress in teenagers, however there isn't anything to solve that.
Young people identified that they needed support with mental health issues, in addition to emotional support with issues such as confidence, body image, loneliness and resilience. They also identified that drugs and alcohol support are needed for either themselves or others in their area.
Self image and identity is having a detrimental effect on young people’s mental health...young people are lacking resilience.
A common thread through all three surveys was that there is a lack of facilities; clubs, youth centres, social spaces or safe places, for young people to enjoy and benefit from. 51 young people stated a need for such services.
There are no facilities for young people to go to so this means that if you do let your teenager out you are worried.
These findings will help us to shape our work in the area and look to provide the programmes and support that the local community has identified. Working with partners and other local services we can start to make a real difference in the Barrow and Furness area.
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